Sadly Avalyn had already made plans to be doing something that day with inkbot, but she said i should go ahead without her, so thumbie got tickets for her and shamiksan, sithjawa, porfinn and a couple other people as well as myself.
Then of course a couple days before the event Avalyn and inkbot's plans fell through. When we heard that Comikaze was going on at the LA convention center that weekend we considered going there for the morning and early afternoon and then having her join us for dinner before the concert. However we didn't get home from the aforementioned party until around 1am and didn't get to sleep until close to 2. So we didn't wake up very early saturday morning nor were we feeling especially energetic, so we decided to pass on the convention idea. However Avalyn and inkbot actually found an entirely different concert that they could go to that evening, which i'm told they enjoyed quite a bit.
Since they were already driving up to LA thumbie and shamiksan were kind enough to pick me up and give me a ride over to LA Live. We got there just after 5, parked and went over to Yardhouse to put in a reservation. They told us it was a 20-30 minute wait and we managed to find some seats at the bar and ordered some drinks. A couple of the friends found us while we were at the bar and the rest showed up just after we got our table.
We spent an hour and a half or two hours talking and eating and drinking before heading over to the Nokia theatre. When we were planning all this, even before finding out that Comikaze was going on, i encouraged thumbie's idea of getting to Yardhouse early to make sure we had time to eat, which is why we'd arrived close to 5 instead of 5:30 or a little later as was initially planned. (Actually the initial plan was to show up around 5:15, and the revised plan was to show up around 4:45, but as usual nothing ever quite runs on time.)
And as we walked out of Yardhouse it was quite apparent that we'd made the right call. When we'd put in the reservations at 5:15ish there were a number of people in the waiting area but no line and we were told a 20-30 minute wait. When we left the waiting area was packed and the line of people waiting to get a reservation was going out the door. Which is exactly why i'd encouraged pushing up the arrival time as much as possible. I've gotten burned by the Yardhouse at LA Live too many times before =P
But anyways we walked across to the Nokia Theatre and went through security. After past experiences i had been smart enough to leave both my pocket knife and my tablet at home. To make up for that however i somehow managed to lose my comb while picking my things up on the other side of the metal scanner =P
We got to our seats about 5 minutes before the show was supposed to start. Of course it didn't _actually_ start until about 25 minutes later. The setup was the same very standard one as last year, orchestra on the stage and the screens above alternating between clips from the relevant movies and close-ups of various sections of the orchestra.
The set listing was exactly the same as last year:
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, Sleepy Hollow, Mars Attacks, Big Fish, Batman/Batman Returns, [Intermission], Planet of the Apes, Corpse Bride, Dark Shadows, Frankenweenie, Edward Scissorhands, Nightmare Before Christmas, Alice in Wonderland, which was listed as an encore in the programming, and then a real encore of Nightmare Before Christmas.
I do think they actually did a couple more songs from Nightmare Before Christmas this year. Or at least i don't think there was any song they didn't cover except for "Making Christmas." This was good because the Nightmare Before Christmas songs were the only part of the concert that Danny Elfman actually came out on stage for. The Oogie Boogie song was the real encore, which i believe was also the same one they did last year. They had the voice actress for Sally come out to do her song, and three other people came to do "This is Halloween" along with Danny Elfman, which i believe was new this year.
They also had a solo violinist,Sandy Cameron, come out for one of the sets (i've sadly forgotten which at this point) and although she wasn't quite as hyper as Lindsey Stirling she was still really awesome.
For Alice they had a little kid come out to sing the main theme, which most of the audience seemed to think was adorable. I believe there was another child out for one of the other songs, but i don't remember which one.
They wrapped up right around 11. We all hung around and chatted for a little bit and took a couple pictures, but not for too long since it was late enough for everyone to just want to get home.